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Traditional Spanish Tiger Nut Horchata + Video

Traditional Spanish Tiger Nut Horchata is not just for adults, but kids too – everyone loves horchata!

How to Make Traditional Spanish Tiger Nut Horchata - cookingwithkimberly.comHorchata is a traditional Spanish beverage that is sweet, creamy, spiced & delicious.

Add alcohol to make it more of an adult delight – blended or on the rocks! Check out our show for Coconut Tiger Nut Hard Horchata:

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Traditional Spanish Tiger Nut Horchata:

Web Chef Review: Whole Raw Premium Organic Tiger Nuts - cookingwithkimberly.comIn this recipe, I’m using Whole Raw Premium Organic Tiger Nuts. These have their skins on & give more flavor to the horchata, in my opinion.

Plus, tiger nuts aren’t nuts at all – they are little tubers that grow under the ground. So, this is a wonderful nut-free option for everyone!

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horchataAlthough horchata is traditionally made with tiger nuts, I have seen it made with rice in a pinch, as well. Check out our recipe for How to Make Horchata for all Occasions.

Type: Beverage Recipe

Prep Time: 20 min
Soak Time: 24 hrs
Yield: about 5 cups

The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy this episode of Cooking with Kimberly:


  • How to Make Traditional Spanish Tiger Nut Horchata - cookingwithkimberly.com1 1/2 tiger nuts – covered with 2 inches water & soaked for 24 hrs
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Soak tiger nuts for 24 hrs, in water – enough to cover the Tiger Nuts by about 2 inches (about 1 quart), in a large bowl. Strain the tiger nuts & reserve the soaking liquid.
    • Note: You can use a fine sieve, cheese cloth, nylon or a nut milk bag, to strain the tiger nuts.
  2. Use a slotted spoon & add the soaked tiger nuts into the blender, along with half of the soaking liquid. Also, add in the whole cinnamon stick & half the sugar. Blend very well, until smooth & creamy.
  3. Pour the mixture into a sieve or nut milk bag, to separate the liquid from the solids. With a spoon, your hand or spatula, squeeze any extra liquid through the sieve.
  4. Place the solids back into the blender, along with the remaining soaking liquid & a pinch of sea salt, and blend well blended, until smooth.
  5. Once again, strain the mixture & squeeze the remaining solids, to extract all the liquid possible.
  6. The remaining solids should be saved & can be added to cookie dough, a pie crust, or can be added to your pet’s food for added nourishment.
  7. Combine the liquids from both strainings, give it a quick taste test, and adjust the spice & sweetness levels, as desired. Refrigerate for a couple of hours, up to as long as 3 days.
  8. Give your horchata a good stir, and serve over ice with a dusting of cinnamon, a slice of orange citrus, and mojito mint, as garnish.
  9. How to Make Coconut Tiger Nut Hard Horchata - cookingwithkimberly.comIn order to turn this already delicious beverage into a kicked up, adult, hard horchata version, add 1 0z of coconut rum and about 3 oz of the stirred horchata preparation, to each cocktail. Stir, shake over ice & strain into a suitable glass. Grind a bit of cinnamon over the top of the drink, add a slice of orange citrus, and a sprig of fresh mojito mint.
    • Note: In this recipe, I garnished our horchata with a slice of mandora orange, but any orange citrus will do. If you don’t have mojito mint, you may use any mint you prefer or have in your garden.

How to Make Traditional Spanish Tiger Nut Horchata - cookingwithkimberly.comTiger nut horchata is just right for a pick-me-up any time of the day, or to serve at a picnic or BBQ celebration – that the children will enjoy it too!

Plus, what a great cocktail this horchata makes! You could use any kind of regular or spiced rum, to make things a bit more exciting.

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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